From beautiful landscapes to bustling cities, unbelievable architecture and towering trees, there is an infinite number of things to see and do in this lifetime. If you live in Alberta, however, you won’t have to travel too far to see something spectacular!

According to U.S. News, one of the World’s Best Places to Visit in 2024 is right in our backyard and you’re overdue for a visit.

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“With a world full of fascinating travel destinations, choosing the perfect vacation spot can present a challenge,” the wrote.

“That’s why U.S. News used expert opinions, reader votes and current trends – and evaluated sights, cultures, scenic beauty, food options and more – to compile this list of the world’s best places to visit.”

Among this year’s list are some obvious destinations including Paris, France – which was named the best of the best, as well as Bora Bora, Glacier National Park, Rome and the Swiss Alps which rounded out the top 5.

Other contenders included London, England, Tokyo, Costa Rica and in 15th place – the town of Banff, Alberta!

“If you’re itching to experience the lifestyle of a Swiss skiing village, but don’t want to fork over the cash for a trans-Atlantic flight, consider Banff,” they explained.

“Banff caters to intrepid explorers who prefer to end the day in a nice hotel rather than roughing it at the campgrounds (though, there are plenty of those, too). Opportunities for adventure abound, so pick your sport: Ski down Mount Norquay, hike to the massive, free-standing limestone pillars known as the Hoodoos, “scramble” up the face of the Stoney Squaw Mountain or bike along Healy Creek.”

Curious as to who else made this year’s list? Here are the 30 best places to visit in 2024:

  1. Paris
  2. Bora Bora
  3. Glacier National Park
  4. Rome
  5. Swiss Alps
  6. Maui
  7. London, England
  8. Maldives
  9. Turks & Caicos
  10. Tokyo
  11. Phuket
  12. Costa Rica
  13. South Island, New Zealand
  14. Tahiti
  15. Banff
  16. Great Barrier Reef
  17. Amsterdam
  18. Barcelona
  19. St. Lucia
  20. Sydney
  21. Dubai
  22. New York City
  23. Santorini
  24. British Virgin Islands
  25. Bali
  26. Tulum
  27. Florence
  28. Grand Canyon National Park
  29. Tasmania
  30. Rio de Janeiro

This list was determined using a combination of user scores and editors’ scores with everything from sights, Culture and People, Food, Family, Nightlife, Adventure, Romance, Value and Accessibility taken into account.

So there you have it. Be proud, Alberta!

While we may not be the very best, we were close and that’s worth celebrating.

Now get out there! The mountains are calling.